I shared my dining room tree early last week, but it was before I really had the chance to dig into decorating for Christmas. Last week, I took a lot of time to slowly work on our main living spaces and, in the process, I decided I wanted to rework some things in the dining room, including the tree.
I decided that I just couldn’t handle the LED lights. The glow coming off the LEDs was better when I added some vintage-style incandescent lights, but it was still there and I found myself not wanting to even turn on the tree. So, I removed the lights from the top part of the tree (it was pretty laborious, so I didn’t do the bottom sections) and I decided to redo the entire thing while I was picking it apart. As I sorted through my Christmas decorations, I found some vintage-style reflectors that had been in a bag for way too long. I also didn’t have a great spot for my mini-grain sack advent stockings, so I decided this tree was the best place to display both of those.
I also used some mini-wool pom-pom garland and the Antiqued Snowflakes from Balsam Hill. I love the advent stockings on this little tree and I think that’ll be “the spot” for them each year.
The stockings were made by Ann of On Sutton Place a few years ago out of my hoarded grain sack sewing scraps. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t make them anymore, but you can find similar ones HERE. I bought the clay numbers off of Etsy. I can’t find the exact ones, but HERE is a similar set.
I bought some mini paper bags at Hobby Lobby, so I could fill them with small candy and gifts each day. I found a set of metal puzzles that were perfect to mix in with treats and other small toys.
While in Hobby Lobby, I tripped across these resin topiaries. Even though they are more copper than gold I thought they would work well with my gold-framed mirror and they do!
I like that they add a little sparkle and are visual “bookends” to the ironstone tureens.
All of the greenery used in the room is artificial. You can read a post about my sources HERE.
I must admit that I was bummed to learn last year that live greens just weren’t going to work in this house, but I am now really enjoying the worry-free nature of artificial and they really do look nice. I even did my usual ring mold advent wreath with faux greens! You can find a tutorial for that project HERE.
You have to practically put your nose on them to see that they aren’t real.
I also added some greens to the top of the painted hutch and made a swag for the front.
Now, I need to get to baking some gingerbread houses to add to the hutch to finish it off…